November 18: Ben Franklin

Benjamin Franklin | November 13
November 18: Writing advice from Benjamin Franklin | Daily Literary Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones

Happy Wednesday, Cobblers!

You’ve almost made it through another week of writing, wrimoers, so pat yourselves on the back.

Today’s featured writer is Benjamin Franklin: “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” Everyone always thinks “politics” and “inventions” when Franklin is brought up in conversation, but he was a pretty fantastic writer with a sense of humor. If you haven’t already, look up some of his work.

Let’s get into it, shall we?

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Music to keep your juices flowing. One of GalleyCat’s many tips for this month includes listening to some tunes for inspiration(“NaNoWriMo Tip #6: Listen to Music”), and luckily, Electric Lit already has a curated mixtape just for you: “Music for Novel Writing: a NaNoWriMo Mixtape Special.” If you’d like to jump straight to the playlist on Spotify, use this link: “Spotify: Electric Lit Playlist.

You’re never alone. Bustle’s Emma Cueto has put together a list of things, with accompanying gifs and memes, that have or will cross through your mind by the end of November: “42 Things Every NaNoWriMo Participant Thinks During National Novel Writing Month.

Tweets You May Have Missed

Hey Jamie Tweet | November 18
Tweet: @HeyJamie

I’ve chosen DeSetfano’s tweets before, and she just keeps producing the most hilarious contact on the #NaNoWriMo tag. Follow her.

Lauren DeStefano Tweet | November 18
Tweet: @LaurenDeStefano

 

That’s it for today, friends. As always, read/write on.

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November 17: Anton Chekhov

Anton Chekhov | November 12
November 17: Writing advice from Anton Chekhov | Daily Literary Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones

Hello, Cobblers!

We are officially over the half-way mark of November, and for you wrimoers, that means halfway through your novel. With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, it’s going to be easy to get sidetracked and fall behind. Or this may have already happened, as life gets in the way. Just remember: it’s okay.

For days when you feel discouraged, breath in and take some advice from your favorite writers. Today’s featured author is Anton Chekhov: “Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.

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NaNoWriMo advice from a fellow author. Chuck Wendig offers some refreshing and witty advice for writers from the perspective of someone who’s made it in the publishing world, hosted on his website Terrible Minds: “NaNoWhoNow? NaNoWriMo Dos and Don’ts.

Here’s an excerpt: “Writing a novel is having a baby. A lot of pushing and pulling, and by the time you’re done the floor is covered in blood and amniotic fluid, and then somebody’s got to shove a bulb up somebody’s nose to clean out all the snot, and then there’s the crying, and then you have to pay for college.

Even if you don’t hit your word count, the NaNoWriMo challenge will benefit you. Hear from Bustle’s Emma Cueto and why she thinks NaNoWriMo matters even if you don’t get a full draft out of it: “NaNoWriMo Made Me a Better Writer, and Here’s Why I’ll Always Love It.

Take a peak inside the article: “NaNoWriMo isn’t about getting published. Anyone who thinks it’s remotely productive to think about publication while writing a book has probably never finished one. Writers write because they like to write. People who are crazy enough to commit to NaNo do it because they want to, because they want a challenge or because they enjoy the act of writing or because they need an excuse and a community to help jump start them into writing again.

The Tweets You May Have Missed

Kami Garcia Tweet | November 17
Tweet: @kamigarcia
Lauren DeStefano Tweet | November 8
Tweet: @LaurenDeStefano

 

That’s all for today, Cobblers. Get to writing or reading, or if you’re me, listening to Adele on repeat.

November 16: Chuck Palahniuk

November 16: Writing advice from Chuck Palahniuk | Daily Literary Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones
November 16: Writing advice from Chuck Palahniuk | Daily Literary Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones

Hello, Cobblers!

I send my apologies for the lack of posts recently; I’ve been stuck in bed with a terrible cold, but I woke up feeling back on my A-game, so let’s continue on this NaNoWriMo journey together. For today’s writing inspiration, we turn to “Fight Club” author Chuck Palahniuk: “Have your adventures, make your mistakes, and choose your friends poorly: all these make for great stories.”

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A look from the inside of NaNoWriMo. Not everyone’s NaNoWriMo experience is the same, and if you’re a NaNoWriMo-repeater, you may find that not every year is the same either. Deimosa Webber-Bey, from Scholastic’s Blog, offers a perspective from inside the madness of the challenge as well as someone who’s taken part in NaNoWriMo multiple years: “Free writing NaNoWriMo.

Some much-needed inspiration. Producing the first draft of a novel in a month is a huge mountain to climb, but it is possible. If you’re currently feeling your enthusiasm waning, then check out this article of from Bustle listing other novels that were written in three months or less to give you back a some fire: “9 Novels Drafted In 90 Days or Fewer, To Inspire You For National Novel Writing Month.” Here’s an excerpt that many of us writers can relate to: “Why haven’t I given up yet? (Good question.) Maybe I’m a writing masochist. Maybe I just really like t-shirts with typewriter keys on them.

Regardless of where you are in word count or if your story has completely collapsed beneath your keyboard, keep it going. If you need a lift of spirits, check out your fellow writers on Twitter; you’ll quickly learn that you are not alone in these emotions.

Tweets You May Have Missed

 Tweet: @writingalyse
Tweet: @writingalyse
 Tweet: @KatelynConroy
Tweet: @KatelynConroy
 Tweet: @KBuxtonBooks
Tweet: @KBuxtonBooks

That’s it for today, friends. Come back tomorrow; I promise I’ll be here.

November 10: F. Scott Fitzgerald

November 10: F. Scott Fitzgerald's writing advice | Daily literary quotes @ literary cobblestones
November 10: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s writing advice | Daily literary quotes @ literary cobblestones

Hello, Cobblers!

Today we look to the great F. Scott Fitzgerald for some NaNoWriMo writing advice: “What people are ashamed of makes a good story.” I’m a sucker for any writing pieces that reveal a host of family secrets.

Alright, let’s get into it.

The Links You Need in Your Life

Need some more tips to keep going? You can never have too many writing tips, especially when you’re trying to keep up your enthusiasm to finish out your first 50,000 words. Here some more tips from Etgar Keret, at Rookie Mag, to inspire you to keep going: “Ten Rules for Writers: Note even rules, more like hidden truths.” My favorite from the list is number three: “When you’re writing, you don’t owe anything to anyone.” I should add this to my daily mantra.

Advice from people who know what’s up. We can look up tips from just about everyone, but there are some days that only your favorite authors can you break through your mental block. Tracy O’Neill has put together a curation of writing advice from actual published authors, over at New York Public Library’s website: “Authors Share Their Best Writing Tips with NYPL.” Here’s a sneak peak (Jesmyn Ward): “With my first novel, I was encountering so much tragedy in my real life that the last thing I wanted to do was wrestle with it in my fiction. But because I was loath to do that, it meant I was cheating and I wasn’t telling the truth.

Tweets You May Have Missed

Tweet: @ms_amymills
Tweet: @ms_amymills
Tweet: @capn_madd_katt
Tweet: @capn_madd_katt
Tweet: @InternetMayor
Tweet: @InternetMayor

That’s it for today, cobblers. If you’re taking part in NaNoWriMo, you’re almost half-way there; don’t give up yet!

November 9: Eugene Ionesco

November 9: Writing inspiration from Eugene Ionesco | Daily Literary Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones
November 9: Writing inspiration from Eugene Ionesco | Daily Literary Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones

Hello, Cobblers!

Ah, we arrive at Monday again; how was yours? Well, Literary Cobblestones is here to sidetrack you with some NaNoWriMo inspiration, featuring some words of wisdom from Eugene Ionesco.

The Links You Need in Your Life

What does NaNoWriMo mean for the publishing industry? Graeme McMillan, over at Time, published a piece in 2012 regarding NaNoWriMo and the opinion of some of the people in the industry: “NaNoWriMo: Is National Novel Writing Month a Literary Threat or Menace?” Here’s a quick excerpt: “Neither Miller nor Sarath seems to credit writers with the ability or inclination to go back to rework or edit their work after the November 30th deadline to turn a first draft born out of unfettered creativity into something more sculpted, coherent or just simply complete. There’s a snobbery at play in that assumption — that if anyone who uses the framework of NaNoWriMo as motivation to write doesn’t have the same “need” to do as other authors do, or the same level of skill.

How not to survive NaNoWriMo. There is an abundance of writing tips concerning what to do to make the month a success, but the OxfordWord Blog, hosted by Oxford University Press, offers a list of what not to do during NaNoWriMo: “8 Way to Fail at NaNoWriMo.” My favorite is number four, “Get too obsessed with greatness”: “I recall the day (aged about 24) when I realized that it was unlikely I’d ever be a child prodigy. I’ve come to terms with that crushing blow, more or less, but I’m still apt to wander along my bookshelves past Austen, Dickens, and Woolf, and get despondent about the fact that my name won’t go down in the annals of history as one of the All Time Greats. That’s ok: there are plenty of other authors out there too.”

#NaNoWriMo Tweets You May Have Missed

Tweet: @OliverWDahl
Tweet: @OliverWDahl
Tweet: @sushimustwrite
Tweet: @sushimustwrite
Tweet: @ZachJPayne
Tweet: @ZachJPayne

That’s it for today, Cobblers. As always, read on.

November 8: Scott Lynch

November 8: Writing inspiration from Scott Lynch | Daily Literary Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones
November 8: Writing inspiration from Scott Lynch | Daily Literary Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones

Hello, Cobblers.

It’s time for our weekly Sunday Sadness post, where we reminisce about the fun of the weekend and dread the quickly approaching Monday morning. Today’s words of wisdom come from Scott Lynch.

Speaking of internal mounds of self-doubt, how are those novels going NaNoWriMo-ers? The first week is officially complete, and after yesterday’s double-day, I imagine you’re starting to feel a bit exhausted. Don’t worry: Literary Cobblestones has the tools you need to procrastinate a little longer, and maybe you’ll feel a bit inspired to get back to work.

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Have you made it yet? Check out Electric Lit’s infographic to see if you have: “Infographic: Am I A Famous Writer Yet?” Spoiler Alert: No one ever feels like they’ve made it. I think Lynch made it clear: we writers need to get some better self-esteem. My favorite stop on the infographic’s quiz: “Maybe all I am doing with my writing is damaging my life.” Touché.

How’s that writer’s block? Now that we’ve pointed out your lack of self-esteem, let’s move on to something actually helpful with some tips on how to keep writing when you’ve hit a mental block, from John Warner (McSweeney’s): “Breaking Through Writer’s Block.” Here’s my favorite piece of advice from Warner: “Don’t be afraid to experiment with techniques of your own. Desperation is the mother of invention, and if you think you have a future as a writer, you’re nothing if not desperate.

Not into NaNoWriMO? That doesn’t mean you can’t write something impressive this month. Michael Bourne, from The Millions, has launched a different kind of challenge: “#NaGrafWriMo: Welcome to National Paragraph Writing Month” in which he encourages writers with busy lives to “strive to write one true worthwhile paragraph.”Check out his explanation behind the challenge:

We are launching #NaGrafWriMo in recognition of all the writers with jobs and family obligations, and those who just spend an ungodly amount of time on the Internet, who find it hard to read a whole book in a month, much less write one. But we are also embarking on this new program because we have found that, for most writers, it can take more talent, determination, and hard work to write one good paragraph than an entire lousy book.

Tweets, Tweets, Tweets

Everyone has advice for writers taking part in #NaNoWriMo, but only the challengers can actually give us a look into what goes on in the center of the writing tornado. What’s going on in that vortex?

When you realize just how much power you have as a writer. (Tweet/@avidlydenise)

 Tweet: @avidlydenise
Tweet: @avidlydenise

You gotta do what works for you, even if it’s that verbally assaulting small, fuzzy creatures. No, actually don’t; squirrels have feelings too.  (Tweet/@LaurenDeStefano)

Tweet: @LaurenDeStefano
Tweet: @LaurenDeStefano

It’s important to remember why you’re doing NaNoWriMo: to write. You’ve already written more words than me.  (Tweet/@LittleBookOwl)

Tweet: @LittleBookOwl
Tweet: @LittleBookOwl

I wish you luck with your impending Monday morning, cobblers. As always, read on.

November 7: Ernest Hemingway

November 7: Ernest Hemingway's writing advice | Daily Literary Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones
November 7: Ernest Hemingway’s writing advice | Daily Literary Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones

Hello, Cobblers!

What better way to celebrate the weekend than with some writing/creative inspiration from the great Ernest Hemingway? Since it’s Saturday, at least you NaNoWriMo-ers can write in your pajamas all day. Well, unless you’re hitting up Starbucks like a proper hipster…no, actually, you’ve survived the first week of NaNoWriMo, so you wear those pajamas; you’ve earned it! Alright, that’s enough boasting about your success to all of us who haven’t met our word counts, so let’s get to the links.

The Links You Need in Your Life

NaNoWriMo participant? If you’re finishing up your first week in your quest to complete the first draft of a novel in a month, then you’re probably starting to feel your excitement fade a little bit. Don’t worry, Bustle’s Melissa Ragsdale (no relation) has got some more tips to help you through the approaching dark days: “6 Tips Every Writer Trying To Win NaNoWriMo Needs to Hear.”

Not a NaNoWriMo-er? Not taking part in the challenge doesn’t mean that you can’t take away some of the creative energy from it. Flavorwire’s Sarah Seltzer has some ideas on how to benefit from NaNoWriMo as an outsider: “NaNoWriMo Is Upon Us: How to Get Inspired Even If You’re Not Participating.”

Don’t Forget! There are two virtual write-ins hosted by NaNoWriMo Official today: “NaNoWriMo Virtual Write-In: 11/07/15 (12 p.m. EST/9 a.m. PST)” & “NaNoWriMo Virtual Write-In: 11/07/15 (6 p.m. EST/3 p.m. PST).” If you can’t make the live version, you can replay the session after it’s uploaded post live-viewing.

Tweets, Tweets, Tweets

My favorite NaNoWriMo tweets for today:

That rounds out today’s literary wisdom. Come back tomorrow for our first Sunday Sadness post of our NaNoWriMo celebration!

How’s that first week treating you, writers? Let us know in the comments.

November 6: Natalie Goldberg

November 6: Natalie Goldberg's writing advice | Daily Literary Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones
November 6: Natalie Goldberg’s writing advice | Daily Literary Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones

Happy Friday, Cobblers!

You’re on the homestretch of the work-week, or if you’re doing NaNoWriMo, you’ve almost completed the first week, so let’s celebrate with some writing advice from Natalie Goldberg.

The Links You Need in Your Life

How are you feeling, NaNoWriMo-er? According to Bustle’s Alex Weiss, you’re probably still in the excited and inspired stages of the quest. Check out Weiss’ full list to see what you have to look forward to: “The 16 Emotional Stages Every NaNoWriMo Participant Experiences.” From the outside looking in, I love the watching the range of emotions that writers experience during NaNoWriMo; don’t take it personally, it’s just my bitterness coming out. 🙂

Already hitting a writer’s block? GalleyCat’s Dianna Dilworth has a tip to help you through it: “NaNoWriMo Tip #5: Read a Chapter From Your Favorite Book.” To be a good writer, you need to be a reader; so take it back to your earliest inspiration, and read your favorite author again.

Need some more tips? Laura Moss has a list of tips to help you make it to the end, from Mother Nature Network: “8 tips to help you win NaNoWriMo.” Here’s my favorite tip: “Regardless of whether you win NaNoWriMo or not, if you want to be a novelist, your work isn’t over on Nov. 30. Finish your draft, revise your novel, swap manuscripts with your new NaNo friends and critique each other’s work. Keep on writing every day. NaNoWriMo is one over-caffeinated month of furious writing, but writers write regardless of what the calendar says.

Tweets, Tweets, Tweets

Here are my favorite NaNoWriMo tweets that I came across today:

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That’s it for today, Cobblers. Any writing tips you haven’t seen yet? Let us know in the comments.

November 5: Franz Kafka

November 5: Franz Kafka's writing advice | NaNoWriMo & Daily Literary Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones
November 5: Franz Kafka’s writing advice | NaNoWriMo & Daily Literary Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones

Hello, Cobblers!

Welcome to NaNoWriMo Month (yes, that’s redundant) here at Literary Cobblestones. Even if you’re not taking part in National Novel Writing Month, hopefully you can take away some of the creative inspiration from it for other aspects of your life. If you’re completely confused about NaNoWriMo then check out our introduction to post for November: “November 2015: NaNoWriMo.”

Today’s inspirational writing quote comes from Franz Kafka. If you’re interested in more from Kafka, take a look at our previous Kafka posts: “August 4: Franz Kafka” & “October 27: Franz Kafka.”

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If you’re writing, be prepared. Adam Forsgen, at East Idaho News, has put together a list of the inner demons you may come up against while on your novel writing adventure: “Prepare Thyself to Slay Monsters on Your NaNoWriMo Quest.” Anyone else feel haunted by what Forsgen describes as the “Fear Phantom”? I think that one is my eternal nemesis.

Now that you’ve faced your phantoms, get excited! Remember: you started this challenge for a reason, so don’t allow yourself to feel hopeless just yet. Stacy Condrat at Mental Floss has compiled a list of NaNoWriMo success stories: “14 Published Novels Written During NaNoWriMo.” Continue doing your thing and you might make number 15 on the list next year.

Alright, now that you feel inspired again check out some tips from a writing success story, MG Leonard, published by The Guardian: “How to write a book – top tips for National Novel Writing Month.

Tweets, Tweet, Tweets

My favorite part of NaNoWriMo is reading the range of emotions that are broadcasted from the writers in tweet form. Here are my favorites so far:

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That’s it for today, Cobblers. As always, read on.